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Date: 11/05/2022
QRP International Luxembourg is looking for freelance trainers! Are you our new colleague? Read below to find out what trainers we are looking for, who we are and what we stand for.

Who are we?

QRP International is one of the major players in the Best Practice Training market in Europe. We support trainers in the development of their skills and in the successful implementation of these Management Best Practices through our Train the Trainer Programme. QRP International is a fast growing and dynamic company, with a young and results driven atmosphere. Today we are looking for enthusiastic freelance trainers that could help us educate people in Project Management and/or IT Service Management in Luxembourg.

Quality, Results and People

We are dedicated to providing high Quality and believe that all QRP services must deliver Results. With over 15 years of experience we know what is required to make training successful. Last but definitely not least: we believe that People make the difference. Providing and maintaining a highly skilled and motivated team is the key to our success. QRP guarantees this attention to People by selecting and hiring certified and internationally experienced staff, trainers and consultants. Our annual QRP Days, our Train the Trainer Programme and extensive internal training programs are part of our commitment to People.

Why QRP

QRP is a structured and organised training Partner. Our operations team is always ready to provide 360-degree support to our trainers, starting from the organisation of a course up, followed by the delivery of the programme and ending with the follow-up of a course. In a nutshell, we offer our employees:

- International working environment (our team counts 10 nationalities!) - We practice what we say: QRP invests in the training of its resources - We are based in Como (Italy), a stone's throw from the beautiful Como lake - Possibility of remote working - Extensive Trainer support from A to Z

Current Open Positions

Best Practice Trainer Project Management PRINCE2/MSP/MoP/P3O/AgilePM (TRPM2022LUX) Best Practice Trainer IT Service Management ITIL/DevOps (TRIT2022LUX) Interested? Please send your CV with motivation and reference TRPM2022LUX or TRIT2022LUX to luxembourg@qrpinternational.com. Please note that the candidate should be based in Luxembourg, Belgium, France or Germany and eligible to work in Europe with understanding of the market in Luxembourg.    

Trainer Testimonial: Meet Stijn Janssens

What is your current role and what is it that you actually do? How did you arrive as a trainer and senior consultant at QRP?

I am a trainer and consultant in best practices on project, programme and portfolio management (PPM). This means that I train people in published best practice standards that could lead to recognised certification. But I do not stop there, I get out of the theory and get my boots in the mud: I also help organisations translate the theory into their context and "operationalise" it. This can take the form of one or a few sound boarding sessions, over providing regular assurance throughout the implementation, or even taking the lead in a customer's transformation towards the next level of maturity in PPM.

What are the biggest issues/changes you see in the Project Management community right now?

Organisations often have a one-size-fits-all approach: they define a process and governance model that every project should implement. That might look easy, but in reality it leads to a lot of inefficiencies and frustrations for the PMs. Furthermore, projects are of such importance in organisations nowadays, but still there are few organisations that have the PM side of the organisation represented high enough in the org chart to give it the needed focus.

What is your experience in working for QRP?

I really like to work with QRP. As a trainer, they want you to do what you're good at: sharing expertise. They always go out of their way to remove anything that hinders you in doing so. There is clear communication with the participants before and throughout the course, and any questions you might have are swiftly answered. QRP staff's customer focused mindset certainly extends to trainers as well. Also in terms of scheduling courses, working with QRP is great. There is always a dialogue on availability and opportunities. On this point as well, they always look for a flexible solution that suits both the trainer and the customer.” QRP is continuously improving and adapting to changes in the market, but they will always involve the trainers and take their points of view into account. Working with QRP truly feels like a partnership. Stijn Janssens Stijn Janssens is a trainer and senior consultant, specialised in project, programme and portfolio management. He has both thorough theoretical and practical insights in managing projects. Driven by a constant need to improve and to challenge the status quo, he is passionate about making people and disciplines work together to achieve great results. Stijn trained seProfile-picture-Stijn-Janssensveral hundreds of people in the PPM Best Practices and he managed projects for private companies and for the European Commission. Before taking on freelance consulting assignments he worked for a Big4 consultancy firm.  Stijn holds an MBA, a postgraduate degree in IT Management, a Master in Management, and two Masters in Philosophy.  He is a PMP, a certified PRINCE2, MSP MoP and P3O Practitioner, and holds Lean IT Foundations and ITIL Foundations certifications.
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Date: 18/02/2022
In times of rapid change, organisations are challenged by the rapid pace of technological innovations. The question that many business leaders may face is how to create value for customers in these fast-moving environments. The answer might be: choosing to become more agile!

The Importance of Business Agility

Agile product delivery is needed, but is not necessarily satisfying. Companies have a need for business agility. This means that all departments need to use Lean and Agile practices to continually and proactively deliver innovative business solutions in a fast and efficient way. SAFe®, an enterprise framework for scaling agile, has the guidance to help organisations get there. It is an agility framework at scale, which means that instead of having an agile team it will imply an agile transformation for the complete organisation.

Leading SAFe

QRP International is now a Scaled Agile Bronze Transformation Partner. We offer the Leading SAFe training, which prepares you for the SAFe 5 Agilist certification. The Leading SAFe course enables attendees to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise successfully into the adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). After an introduction to SAFe, the training provides best practices and methods that can drive your Lean-Agile transformation. Thanks to SAFe 5.0, your organisation can become the Agile business it needs to be and win in this digital age.

Why choosing SAFe

If you want to become a lean-agile leader, choosing SAFe could be the best solution for your business. The framework is well suited to complex projects with many teams involved. Some of the benefits of the framework include:
  • Guarantee technical agility of teams
  • Drive and support organisational change
  • Leverage the benefits of Agile, Scrum, Lean, DevOps and Kanban
  • Support project management with moref agility, thus providing stakeholders with faster feedback
  • Internationally accredited SAFe certification for worldwide success
Want to know more? Visit our page: SAFe certification For any further questions you can write to us!
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Date: 12/11/2021

Take advantage of -30% on your favorite courses! Discount valid from the 15th till the 30th of November 2021.

As every year, Black Friday takes place around the world the day after American Thanksgiving: in 2021, it is therefore Friday, November 26 that this great day of promotions falls. This year has been difficult enough for everyone and we have decided to take the opportunity to offer you a 30% reduction on some of our training courses;

Virtual classroom

E-learning

97% of decision makers and 84% of individuals said obtaining certification had a positive impact, improving efficiency and employee satisfaction, so what are you waiting for ?!

It is time to have some fun and end 2021 on a high note!

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Date: 23/09/2021
Over the course of the pandemic, QRP Luxembourg decided to divert most courses to a virtual setting. This way we were able to provide the same courses, but following the rules set by the government. However, now that we seem to have reached a more stable situation, we want to invite you again to join our on-site courses.

On-site courses

QRP Luxembourg hosts all types of courses, at Regus located at the Central Station, in person. The onsite courses are full days with an expert trainer and include the exam at the end of the course. Obviously the onsite courses are fully monitored and collide with the latest COVID-19 safety regulations. For now this includes a strong recommendation to wear face masks when circulating the common parts of the centre, social distancing and the use of hand sanitizer.

Why choose onsite

You might wonder why you should pick an onsite course, if the same course is organized virtually. The hassle to leave your comfortable home might seem much, but you will get a lot in return. For example:
  • Multiple sensory learning experience
  • Sharing experiences and social interaction
  • Quiet dedicated time out of the office
  • Exam at the end of the course

Multiple sensory learning experience

Onsite courses are designed to integrate different learning styles. Of which auditory learning, visual learning and kinesthetic learning. Auditory learning is everything that a participant takes away by listening and hearing. Visual learning includes all the information the participant takes in from the use of flipcharts and drawings by the trainer. Kinesthetic learning is also known as ‘learning by doing’. Classroom learning offers the best opportunity for this type of learning as there is much more student/student interaction and small games being used as examples.

Sharing experiences and social interaction

Also in our virtual classroom there is room for peer interaction, but it is not to be compared to the level of interaction in an onsite classroom. By sharing experiences, everybody in the room can learn (even the trainer). It adds another dimension to what you learn and will help you see the link with real life.

Quiet dedicated time out of the office

An onsite training permits the participant to take a distance from home and work so that the participant can deep dive into something new. The participant can focus solely on the course and this will improve the integration of the skills.

Exam at the end of the course

Onsite courses almost always include the exam at the end of the course. That means that the participant follows the training and gets the certification at the same time. In other learning formats, either virtual training or e-learning, the exam is planned separately from the course. If the participant seeks to get certificated in a short period of time, an onsite course is most of the time the fastest route.

QRP onsite course calendar

QRP Luxembourg offers multiple courses onsite, including PRINCE2, ITIL 4 Foundation, AgilePM and many more. Have a look at our complete course calendar and find planned onsite courses till mid 2022. For more information, feel free to contact us directly via mail or phone!
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Date: 01/07/2021
The time of good weather, long evenings and outdoor activities is upon us. Summer is somehow always paired with reaching goals. ‘The perfect summer body’, ‘the nicest vacation’ or finishing all the ‘left up chores’. What if this year you consider reaching a professional goal? The summer months seem short and are always packed with fun weekends, vacation and outings. But at the same time, summertime is also the time where there is more time to relax and time to get you prepared for the busy last months of the year. So, how do we combine all this, a goal, a relaxed mindset and some more time on your hands. What about getting a certification that will help sustain your career and improve your capabilities? It is to be imagined that nobody wants to spend their summer day in a classroom or behind closed doors in their home-office. So what if you could study in the evening, the early morning or a quick hour at lunch? E-learning could be your summer solution!

PRINCE2 and ITIL 4 Foundation E-learning

QRP Belgium currently has two courses that we offer via E-learning, others are in full development and will launch later this year. Currently we offer PRINCE2 E-learning, the Foundation, Practitioner and Combi courses and the ITIL 4 Foundation. Both courses are available in English and in French and provide the voucher for the online exam. You have six (ten in case of the PRINCE2 combi) months to complete the course and the exam and can schedule your learning whenever you want.

PRINCE2

PRINCE2 (Projects IN Controlled Environment) is a structured method for the effective and efficient management of projects. The PRINCE2 methodology is widely adopted around the world, used by people and organisations in wide-ranging industries and sectors. PRINCE2 helps to successfully deliver projects of any size or complexity. Built from a wealth of experience and knowledge, PRINCE2 provides the essentials for managing any project. PRINCE2 provides a common language across a project and the necessary controls and breakpoints to work successfully within a contractual framework. PRINCE2 is a flexible method that guides you through the essentials for managing successful projects, regardless of type or scale. Built upon seven principles, themes and processes, PRINCE2 can be tailored to meet your specific requirements.

ITIL 4 Foundation

ITIL is the most widely accepted approach to IT Service Management in the world, and is used globally by millions of practitioners. For over 25 years, ITIL has been providing organisations with practical guidance to improve IT services. ITIL is fundamental to businesses, enables transformation and helps organisations realize value. The last version of the framework, ITIL 4, is built on established ITSM practices and expands itself to the wider context of customer experience, value streams and digital transformation, as well as embracing new ways of working, such as Lean, Agile, and DevOps. ITIL 4 provides a practical and flexible basis to support organisations on their journey to the new world of digital transformation. ITIL provides an end-to-end IT/digital operating model for the delivery and operation of tech-enabled products and services and enables IT teams to continue to play a crucial role in wider business strategy.

2021 Summer deal

QRP has the objective to help professionals grow and develop constantly. That is why we want to sustain your professional goals for this summer. In order to do so, we now provide a 10% discount on all E-learning. Available for July & August, do not miss your opportunity to learn and improve your skills!
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Date: 03/06/2021

Is it possible to learn how to be better at managing change in an agile world?”. This was the question Melanie Franklin, renowned Agile & Change Management expert, transformed into an answer. In 2014 she published the book “Agile Change Management – a practical framework for successful change planning and implementation”. The book provides an approach for managing transformational change initiatives, using a lot of the ideas from the agile methodologies. This book has led to the creation of the Agile Change Agent qualification.

Two years ago we had the opportunity to interview Melanie Franklin and today we are proud to announce the launch of the Agile Change Agent courses.

Agile Change Agent: an agile approach to change

An Agile approach to change is about doing change in waves of change. According to Melanie Franklin, Agile Change Management is about accepting that in this world of very fast moving change, it is not a good idea to try and plan every single change detail upfront.

The Agile Change Agent course & certification provides the participant with guidelines to those that want to work in a change. The course provides insight into how to plan and manage all the activities that are needed to design, deliver and adopt change in an Agile way.

The course answers the questions “What makes a change successful?” “What is it that we really need to know to make a change successful?” “How can we manage our changes in an agile world?”. It is not about what you have to do but how you are supposed to do it, the techniques you can use.

Are you an Agile Change Agent?

You are a change agent if you are responsible for the creation of new ways of working as a result of a project investment. Or if you are in a change management role, where you are identifying what needs to be done by those who are going to have to work differently.

But you are also a change agent if you are impacted by change in sales, marketing, HR, finance or other departments. You have daily priorities, you use existing ways of working to satisfy current customer demand and get the job done, but you are also mobilizing your colleagues and yourself to participate in the changes your organisation makes/decides. So you are acting as a change agent.

Understanding activities for effective change management and including them in your Agile project plan increases the chances that the deliverables from your project will be adopted as new business as usual working practices.

People may not be called Change Agents but the point is that on top of their daily job they have a role to help make change happen and ultimately integrate change into the current ways of working.

Why the Agile Change Agent course could be relevant for you?

  • Agile and change explained on a practical level
  • The course contains many problem solving techniques
  • You can benefit from a practical kit of techniques, checklists and tools so you can start managing your change projects using what you have learnt from the moment you leave the course
  • The course helps those who know about change understand Agile, and those who know about Agile learn about change
  • You can get a qualification on your CV that proves you have skills in Agile and Change Management - hitting the two hottest topics in business today.

Want to know more? Visit our page Agile Change Agent

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